San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum

San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum is a neat, hands-on children’s museum located in the complex for the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, next to Grape Day Park. The museum was established ten years ago, and recently changed their name from Escondido Children’s Museum, to San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum. I think the name change is great, as they’re a museum that serves not only Escondido, but the region of San Diego County, and beyond.

We love that they have a variety of exhibits, and that they have both indoor and outdoor areas. Inside the museum you’ll find a neat tree house to climb, a dress up area with stage, wooden planks for stacking and building, a puppet theatre for imaginative play, musical instruments, a baby section for crawlers to enjoy, and much more. Outside they have painting, a unique water exhibit which combines water and LEGOs, bubbles, a sand box, an old style schoolhouse with more dress up, a neat little garden area with pretend farmers market, and variety of other things to explore. They recently brought in a new exhibit called Imagination Playground, which is made of foam blocks, and super neat for building different structures.

The museum is both fun and educational for the little ones, and has an emphasis on World Cultures. Set aside a few hours of time for exploring. If you want to bring lunch or snacks, you can eat them at the tables they have set up in their outdoor area. Click the link below to view their website. Perhaps we’ll see you there!

Website: San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum

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Museum Month in San Diego!

Each February, for as many years as I can remember, the San Diego Museum Council, as well as Macy’s have been sponsoring Museum Month in San Diego. Forty different museums take part in the event, which allows people to visit participating museums at 1/2 off.

You need to pick up a free Museum Month Pass (available at Macy’s stores in San Diego, Temecula, and Imperial County) to receive the discount. One pass is good for up to 4 people, and from my experience, I’ve found they usually arrive at Macy’s just before the first of February. Just ask a Macy’s salesperson where to find one in the store, and take it with you to the museum(s) you want to visit to receive the discount.

This is a great way to experience some museums that you may have been wanting to take the family to visit, but just hadn’t had the opportunity to do so. I look forward to taking our kids to some museums we haven’t visited, as well as some we haven’t been to in a while.

San Diego has a lot of kid-friendly museums. Some of our favorite museums to visit with kids that are participating in Museum Month 2011 are as follows:

• The Escondido Children’s Museum
• The Birch Aquarium at Scripps
• The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
• The San Diego Natural History Museum
• The New Children’s Museum
• The San Diego Model Railroad Museum
• San Diego Botanic Garden (formerly Quail)
• San Diego Air & Space Museum
• USS Midway
• Maritime Museum

If you’d like to see pictures from some of the many museums we’ve visited that are participating in Museum Month, take a look below. For a complete listing of participating museums, please check the following LINK. Get out there and explore some museums at 1/2 off in February with the Museum Month Pass! Perhaps we’ll see you there!